The Civil War wasn’t just a struggle against the South. It was an ideological battle within the heart of Northern society.
James Oakes teaches American History at the CUNY Graduate Center. His latest book is The Scorpion's Sting: Antislavery and the Coming of the Civil War.
Remembering the life and legacy of the great historian Judith Stein.
Abolitionists gave us the vital idea that some things should not be for sale.
The antislavery project couldn’t think beyond the market — and that failure haunts progressive politics.
The Republicans were emancipators — from start to finish.
A leading Civil War historian challenges the new orthodoxy about how slavery ended in America.